- The final part of step one of my 12 step process,…defining your project, is to get that…project definition in writing.…Very important to get it written down.…If you have a verbal agreement with your customer,…then the chances are you'll have a couple of problems.…One is that they will add more to your project during.…So what they'll do is you'll have scope creep,…they'll keep saying, "Can you just do one more thing?…Can we add this in?…Can you do it quicker?…Can you do it cheaper?" and they'll mess you around.…If you've got it written down, you can say,…"Well, if you want to add those extra things, that's fine,…"but it'll cost you more money."…The other problem you'll have is after you finish…they'll complain about what you've delivered.…
They'll say, "Well, that's not what we wanted."…And you'll be saying, "Well, yes it was a year ago.…"Do you remember we talked about it and agreed it?"…And they'll say, "Well, I don't remember that."…But if you've got it in writing,…you can go back to what was agreed.…And remember that a year later,…
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- Define the project scope.
- Identify how to list tasks.
- Estimate costs and time.
- Assess how to plan for risk.
- Determine how to stay on budget.